The longer I stay in Beirut, the more impressed I am with women here and how impeccably groomed they are. In the US, getting one’s hair or nails done was not at the top of the list. Here, beauty is serious business.
Take the beauty parlor, for instance: I walk into my 87-year old aunt Wadad’s Coiffeur Michel‘s place, located on the second floor of a once-luxurious, now dusty-old building. In 45 minutes, I will be cared for by no less than four people. The first one will shampoo my hair, the second will cut it (this is done by the master Michel himself), the third will blow-dry it and the fourth will prepare my Turkish coffee (to my specs).
For someone used to chain haircut places and speedy, assembly-line type of service, all this attention is a bit exhausting.
But, hey, this is life here in Beirut.
So, after all this grooming, not much time is left for cooking.
If you have some potatoes, olive oil, some halloumi cheese and a dash of zaatar, here is a no-brainer type of dish that will have you licking your fingers.
- 1 package of halloumi cheese, shredded
- 2 or 3 potatoes
- zaatar, to taste (keep in mind, zaatar is already salted)
- olive oil, as needed
- Peel the potatoes and slice; shred the halloumi. Heat a generous amount of olive oil in a skillet. Drop the potatoes and fry gently for 30 minutes or so, until the bottom is crisped; add the cheese slices, sprinkle with zaatar and cover the skillet.
- Check after a few minutes to see if the cheese is melted. Place a serving plate over the skillet, drain it of any extra oil and flip it onto the plate. Serve.
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